There’s still two weeks’ worth of games left on the regular season schedule, but Tabb’s girls and Grafton’s boys have a chance to wrap up the Bay Rivers District basketball titles in half that time with strong showings this week.
Grafton’s boys (13-2 BRD) need just one win in their remaining three games against Tabb (10-5 BRD), Jamestown (2-13) and York (3-12 BRD) to clinch the school’s first-ever boys basketball district championship.
“The goal at the beginning of the season is to win a district championship, and now it’s right here in front of us,” Clippers’ coach Jeremy Jordan said. “We want to wrap this thing up as soon as possible.”
The sooner Grafton clinches, the sooner Jordan says they can begin prepping for a hopefully deep postseason run. Jordan said he’d like to get some of his role players off the bench like Ryan Ward and Isiah Moore more minutes as he figures to need their services more frequently as the season draws longer.
Jordan added that even if the Clippers clinch the title on Wednesday vs. rival Tabb, it won’t change his team’s effort or focus down the stretch. Grafton is still vying for a number one seed in the Region I Division 4 tournament which would earn them a first-round home game.
“No matter what happens we’re still going to continue to play as if it’s a win-or-go-home type of situation,” Jordan said. “It’s important to continue to play well and finish on a high note so you can have some momentum heading into the district tournament.”
Tabb’s girls’ road to a district title is a little tougher. With a slim one-game lead over second-place Grafton (12-2 BRD), the lady Tigers’ (13-1) showdown with the Clippers on Thursday will determine just how interesting the final week could be. The last time the two sides met Tabb came away with a 56-52 win in double-overtime, arguably the Game of the Year in Bay Rivers.
Before thinking about Tabb on Thursday, though, Grafton mustn’t overlook Tuesday’s matchup against a dangerous Warhill (7-7 BRD) team that nearly upset the Clippers back in December. Hannah Olson’s game-tying three pointer in the final seconds of regulation sent that game to overtime before the Clippers squeaked out a four-point victory. Grafton closes out the regular season against scrappy Jamestown (9-5), who handed the Clippers their only other loss of the season in early January, and York (0-14 BRD).
Tabb’s final-week schedule is no cake walk either. After Lafayette (5-9 BRD) and Grafton this week, the Tigers close out the regular season with games at Warhill (7-7 BRD) and Smithfield (9-5 BRD).
Tabb coach Amber Throckmorton, along with her players, isn’t looking any further than this Tuesday.
“All I’m concerned with right now is Lafayette,” Throckmorton said on Monday. “For us this is business as usual…We’re taking everything on a game-by-game basis.”
Throckmorton said the Tigers haven’t won a district title in her seven years with the program, and Tabb athletic director Susan Wiker said it’s been much longer than that.
“We’re not even talking about it,” Throckmorton said regarding a possible district championship. “If your only concern is a district title you could lose focus on what it takes to get there. You have to get through one [game] in order to make the next one important.”
Below is a look at the current Bay Rivers District girls and boys standings, followed by this week’s schedule:
Bay Rivers Boys Basketball Standings
New Kent 7-8
Schedule- Wednesday 2/1
Jamestown @ Lafayette
Grafton vs. Tabb
Warhill vs. Smithfield
Poquoson @ New Kent
York vs. Bruton
Jamestown vs. Grafton
New Kent @ Smithfield
Tabb vs. Warhill
Lafayette @ York
Bruton @ Poquoson
Bay Rivers District Girls Basketball Standings
New Kent 1-13
Schedule- Tuesday 1/31
Jamestown @ Bruton
Grafton vs. Warhill
Poquoson @ Smithfield
Tabb @ Lafayette
York vs. New Kent
Tabb vs. Grafton
Jamestown @ Lafayette
Warhill @ Smithfield
Poquoson vs. New Kent
York vs. Bruton